Oct. 20, 2012; South Bend, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish defensive end Stephon Tuitt (7) walks away after tackling BYU Cougars quarterback Riley Nelson (13) in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame won 17-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Prospect Evaluation: Solomon Thomas


 

Solomon is a 4 star prospect from Coppell, Texas and is the 30th best player in the 2014 recruiting class according to ESPN. He stands 6-3 256 pounds, which for his frame is on the lighter side, but weight will come with added strength in the next couple of years. Thomas is a defensive end and is ranked the 5th best DE for his recruiting class. Him being his size he could be very versatile and play some defensive tackle and drop back into some zone blitz packages.

 

What I took away from his film was that he is very good at fighting across the offensive lineman’s face to get to the football. His quick first step makes him very hard to block and if the o-lineman does engage him he often uses his hands to use his arsenal of moves to get off blocks. Thomas isn’t a great pass rusher, but he is still a factor because of his downhill play he pushes linemen deep into the backfield. Thomas’ motor and endless pursuit leads him to many of the plays he makes from the backside of the play. This is what impressed me the most, because since he is such a good player many team will run away from his side of the ball, but he still makes plays. He did release his top 10 today and the Irish are in the hunt for this great defensive prospect.

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